Every PA child can access health care

August 2017

Every PA child can access health care

As the new school year starts, it is important for kids to remain healthy so that they can attend school and learn.

Did you know that virtually every child in Pennsylvania qualifies for Medicaid or CHIP health insurance under the state's "Cover All Kids" initiative? Just go to www.chipcoverspakids.com to learn more.

Illness is often the top reason students miss school, and access to quality health insurance makes preventive and sick care more accessible, boosting student attendance. 

Teachers, school nurses, athletic coaches, and other school staff have been instrumental in informing parents about these insurance programs and connecting them to application resources. Parents who have questions can easily ask their children's teachers or support staff.

Parents can sign kids up for Medicaid or CHIP at www.compass.state.pa.us or by calling the PA CHIP helpline at 1-800-986-KIDS (select prompt 2, then prompt 1 for application assistance). Or parents can call 215-563-5848 X 17 to get free help signing up from Public Citizens for Children and Youth's Child Healthwatch Helpline.

And as a reminder, state regulations changed recently regarding vaccination requirements for school attendance. Unless a child has a medical or religious/philosophical exemption, the child must receive required vaccinations within the first five days of school. See this PA Department of Health flier to learn more.


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